TAG: Jamal Crawford

NBA / Nov 8, 2013 / 3:30 pm

Why The Clippers Will Make The NBA Finals

Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. Daymon Gardner)

The Los Angeles Clippers haven’t had expectations this high in years. Since Chris Paul joined the team they have made strides, becoming a title contender and increasing their win total by at least eight games in each of the last two seasons.

Despite having an average start to the season, the Clippers have shown glimpses of a team ready to push their way into being a top team in the NBA. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Nov 5, 2013 / 10:00 am

Video: Chris Paul Puts Jeremy Lin On Ice & The Clippers Hand The Rockets Their First Loss

Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. Instagram/cp3)

The Jeremy Lin jeers continue. The rising tide of Linsanity crested two season’s ago, and now pseudo-analysts (aka anyone with a Twitter account) can’t wait to churn flotsam all over his game. Chris Paul made that an easy task last night, juking and stuttering as he generally bamboozled the Taiwanese-born Lin. The Rockets didn’t recover from the Clippers’ backcourt onslaught during Dwight Howard‘s return to Staples Center. Read More »

NBA / Oct 23, 2013 / 2:15 pm

5 Reasons To Watch The 2013-14 Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers

(photo. Instagram/blakegriffin32)

With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.

Next up, an exciting, and refurbished, Clippers team. Read More »

NBA / Oct 18, 2013 / 3:15 pm

The NBA’s 10 Best 1-On-1 Players

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (photo. Zach Wolfe)

A few weeks ago, Michael Jordan was asked who he would like to play against in a game of 1-on-1 in his prime. He listed several of the NBA’s top players and then said, “I don’t think I’d lose. Other than Kobe Bryant because he steals all my moves.” Leave it to His Royal Airness to not only declare himself as the best 1-on-1 competitor but also to take a shot at Kobe. Read More »

High School, Video / Oct 7, 2013 / 3:45 pm

Video: The Nastiest Collection Of Ankle-Breaking Crossovers You’ll Ever See

Jordan McLaughlin

Aquille Carr. Marcus Lovett, Jr. Jamal Crawford. Austin Rivers. They’re all here on Ballislife’s Ankle Breakers Vol. 2, over four minutes of straight ruthlessness. These highlights are a product of multiple years of filming, as you’ll find footage from just about every level of basketball. It all ends with a move that was so sick it actually did “hurt” somebody. Read More »

NBA / Oct 2, 2013 / 3:00 pm

The 15 Best Backcourts In The NBA

Deron Williams

Damian Lillard (photo. Aaron Hewitt)

The engine and brains of an NBA starting lineup rest with the point guard — the orchestrator — and the complementary role often belongs to the shooting guard. When the two talents fit, an NBA backcourt is a bad place to get caught up against on either end of the floor.

With the season right around the corner, and after dropping knowledge on the 15 best frontcourts in the NBA, let’s take a look at a few backcourts that will rank at the top of the league. Read More »

NBA / Oct 1, 2013 / 1:45 pm

The Top 20 Shooting Guards In The NBA Right Now

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant (photo. Nike Basketball)

When I watched the video of Kevin Durant proclaiming James Harden should replace Dwyane Wade in Sports Illustrated‘s top 10 NBA players list, a few things processed through my head, in this order:

1. Sweet! This is exactly what the NBA needs: two of its biggest superstars having beef with each other, especially superstars who play on two of the league’s very best teams. 2. Wait, this is clearly fake, right? I mean, Wade and Durant did that awesome Gatorade commercial together last year, and Durant’s tone of voice doesn’t sound very convincing. This has to be some setup for another commercial or advertisement. 3. Well, even if it isn’t real, I think I agree with Durant. Wade’s getting older and Harden is really growing into a true superstar. Read More »

Playground, Video / Sep 24, 2013 / 10:15 am

Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving & Jamal Crawford Show Out In Pro-Am Mixtape

Jamal Crawford

All summer long, the highlights just kept flowing out from the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am. There was the incredible 88-point duel between Jamal Crawford and Tyreke Evans. Then there was the dunk show Blake Griffin put on. Even Kyrie Irving came out and reaffirmed why he’s the NBA’s ultimate showstopper. Now you can check out all of the highlights from this summer in this mixtape. Read More »

NBA / Sep 20, 2013 / 3:00 pm

The NBA’s 20 Best Role Players

Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko

The NBA is a league dominated by stars. However, some of the most important guys are the secondary players, the ones who do the little things that help their team win. Most of the guys on this list are limited in some areas – and that is why they are role players. There are no scoring title winners or All-NBA players on this list – just guys who have a well-defined role who put the success of the team far above their own. Read More »

NBA / Sep 19, 2013 / 5:00 pm

The 10 Players With The Best Handles In The NBA

Chris Paul

Chris Paul, Dime #23

Ballhandling is one of the most essential attributes in basketball. Everything from the crossover to the Euro Step is valuable and used by a variety of different players in the NBA. Ballhandling is sort of like poetry in motion, from the way the ballhandlers dribble in-between their legs to the deceptive no-look passes to fake defense out. Regardless how you look at it, if you can handle the rock, you don’t need anyone to get you a shot… and if you don’t need anyone else to get you a shot, then that’s going to make you pretty good. Read More »